What To Do In The Southern Highlands This June Long Weekend
Who doesn’t love a long weekend??
While this long weekend will look a little different to what we’re used to, there’s still plenty to do, see, eat and experience. And of course, we have to make sure we stay safe and healthy, so don’t head out if you’re feeling unwell, and be sure to practice social distancing while you’re out and about too.
Here’s some ideas of what to do in the Southern Highlands on the June long weekend. Here we go, people!
Get your brunch fix
Have you been missing brunch as much as us? We can’t resist the pop of a perfectly poached egg or a zingy freshly made juice or alllll of the pancakes! Head out to a local café – here’s a list to get you started - for a lazy, long weekend brunch with friends or the fam bam.
Pic from @the.boston_ in Mittagong.
Visit a local village
We love the gorgeous villages in the Highlands! From Robbo to Colo Vale, Wingello to the Wang, Bundy to Berrima and everywhere beyond and in between, the long weekend gives you all the time in the world to explore a fab Highlands village.
Speaking of Berrima, head there to check out Whitewall Art Projects – a new contemporary art gallery (it used to be the Bell Gallery) in this gorgeous town. The current exhibit is super-fabulous so well worth a visit. If you’ve got the kids with you, they can play in the park across the rode – yippee! Local playgrounds are open again, visit the Berrima Courthouse and head to the new-look Bistro 1834 at the Surveyor General Inn (book ahead – seating is restricted). Or if you’re kid-free, pop into The Tasting Room at PepperGreen Estate for some delicious local wine. And of course, there are plenty of awesome shops to keep you and your wallet busy too.
The Southern Highlands' newest contemporary gallery - Whitewall Arts Projects
Treat yourself to some retail therapy
So many of our local stores are flinging their fabulous doors open again after an uncertain couple of months. Head out to our high streets and get something for yourself, the house, the kids and more.
Not to mention how fun it is to be walking into shops again - we had a lovely time in Bowerbird on Argyle Street in Mossy last weekend. It’s like walking into a gorgeous trove of beautiful, stylish, unique and quirky treasures. Have you been? Check it out this long weekend – look for the stunning blue and black double doors.
Have fun exploring in Bowerbird on Argyle
Explore our cellar doors
It’s no secret the Southern Highlands is home to award-winning wines. These guys have been doing it tough recently thanks to the double whammy of bushfires and a global pandemic, but our amazing local winemakers are pushing through and cellar doors are starting to open up again. Here’s a list of local cellar doors. Give them a buzz before you drop in as many of them are adjusting the times they are open and have social distancing rules to follow.
Enjoy a lovely lunch and wine tasting at The Tasting Room at PepperGreen Estate
Reach new heights
Our local bushwalks offer up some spectacular views. If you’re the sort of walker who needs a kickarse view as a reward for all your huffing and puffing, take on these walks this long weekend:
Box Vale Trail (make sure you keep going after the tunnel and check out the Nattai Gorge Lookout)
It's all about the view
Meet up at The Mill
This unique space in the heart of Bowral is such a fun place to meet up with friends. Warm up from the inside with some amazing pho from Ms Pho Canteen (and you can eat outside!). The Mill Café has reopened its doors too, but tables are limited so make sure you book. And of course there are so many other awesome stores and eateries at The Mill including BARE Bites, Bowls & Brew, ZoeGeorgiou Designs, BARE Body Beauty Co, Veggie Nook, Carousel Lifestyle, Cheese Etc, Tractorless Vineyard and Sweet Retreat Gelato.
Meet up at The Mill, Bowral
Date night (or day)
Oh wow! We never realised how much we missed date night until we couldn’t do it for ten whole weeks. Call in the babysitter because some of our fabulous dining establishments are open again and their menus are looking pretty scrumdiddlious (is so a word!).
Bistro Sociale at Berida Hotel in Bowral is open 7 nights a week again – hooray! We’re not sure what our favourite part is - the pre-dinner gin by the fire in The Gin Trading Co, or the classic European style menu created with local produce, OR the post-dinner cocktail! We’ll take all of the above, thanks.
Eschalot Restaurant at Berrima have reopened and are booked out for dinner but have got a number of times available for breakfast and lunch (if you prefer a day-date). But be super quick!
All these guys will book out pretty quickly (in fact, tables are starting to move already!) because numbers are restricted, so book your table as soon as you can.
ETHOS at Links House is all booked out for dinner this weekend, but you can still pop in and enjoy a glass of wine in the lovely Links House bar area.
Oh maaaaaan, it feels so good to be getting back to normal, right? Enjoy!
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